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October 2007

Doris Lessing receives Nobel Prize in Literature

  • About the author MS
  • October 11, 2007
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In case you haven’t heard, Doris Lessing is winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature!!! Read the NY Times report. You could even read one of her many great titles that HarperCollins proudly publishes:

Walking in Shade
Under My Skin
Time Bites
The Sweetest Dream
Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog
The Real Thing
A Proper Marriage
Mara and Dann
Love Again
Landlocked
In Pursuit of the English
The Grass is Singing
The Grandmothers
Going Home
The Four-Gated City
The Cleft
Ben, In the World

African Laughter

Congratulations Doris Lessing! And, if you have a moment, browse through her latest, The Cleft:

Last Day in Frankfurt

  • About the author CK
  • October 15, 2007
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CK will be sending correspondance from the Frankfurt Book Fair this week:

From The Bookseller (UK):

Beautiful US deal

UK independent Beautiful Books has made its first US deal, selling North American rights in a debut novel by a 20-year-old Cambridge University student. Publisher Simon Petherick concluded the “good five-figure sale” with Carrie Kania of Harper Perennial US. Christina Spens’ The Wrecking Ball is about “bright young things” who live for “parties and music and drugs”. Beautiful will release the novel next May, and HP in autumn 2008.

So, yes, you’ve guessed it. I have a thing for books about bright young things who live for parties, music and drugs. As evidenced by the above. Exciting news.

Loved Frankfurt – the food (bratwurst!), the weater (a tinge cold) and the books. Ran around like mad for days, met a million people, made two deals and pitched books. And Doris Lessing won!

Viva The Olive!

Doris Lessing - Reading Group Giveaway

  • About the author MS
  • October 15, 2007
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Enter to Win FREE BOOKS for Your Reading Group for a Year! Write to us about your experience reading The Golden Notebook and you’ll be entered for a chance to win free reading group books from Harper Perennial for 365 glorious days! Email readinggroups@harpercollins.com with your submission and the subject line: The Golden Notebook.

November 2008

close reading rules

Today was the start of the Golden Notebook Project. Starting today, seven women writers, including Laura Kipnis (author of Against Love) are reading Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and discussing it online. But not in a “yeah, I liked that part, it was nice” kind of way. More like the kind of discussions you, if you’re anything like me, really miss from your college English classes. Though the seven writers have committed to blogging and forum-posting for the next five or six weeks, anyone with a valid email address can read along and join in the dialogue.

Since this just started today, it’s not too late to get out and grab your own copy of The Golden Notebook (perhaps in our lovely deluxe modern classics edition, which just went on sale two weeks ago?).

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